Additional Rules for Hoax

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Hoax Additional Rules

I’m here to tell you about some additional rules that you need to keep in mind when it comes to hoaxes.

1. Verify the Source

Before believing or sharing any information, it’s crucial to verify the source. Don’t just rely on the headline or a social media post; take the time to dig deeper. Look for credible sources such as reputable news organizations or official websites. Remember, a catchy headline doesn’t always mean it’s true.

2. Fact-Check

Don’t believe everything you read or see right away. Take the time to fact-check the information using reliable fact-checking websites or tools. Look for inconsistencies or signs of bias. Fact-checking helps you separate fact from fiction and ensures that you don’t contribute to the spread of misinformation.

3. Question Unbelievable Claims

If something sounds too good to be true or too outrageous to believe, it’s likely a hoax. Use your critical thinking skills and question the validity of such claims. Look for supporting evidence or expert opinions. Don’t fall for clickbait or sensational headlines that aim to grab your attention without presenting substantial evidence.

4. Be Wary of Emotional Manipulation

Hoaxes often use emotional manipulation to elicit a strong response from the audience. They appeal to our fears, hopes, or desires in order to gain attention or spread their message. Be aware of these tactics and don’t let your emotions cloud your judgment. Take a step back and evaluate the information objectively before reacting or sharing.

5. Don’t Add Fuel to the Fire

If you come across a hoax or misleading information, resist the urge to share it without verifying its accuracy. Sharing false information only contributes to the problem. Instead, consider reporting the post or informing others about its inaccuracy. By doing so, you can help prevent the spread of hoaxes and misinformation.

6. Stay Informed

Keep yourself updated with the latest trends and tactics used by hoaxers. Stay informed about common strategies, current events, and fact-checking resources. By staying informed, you can better protect yourself and others from falling victim to hoaxes.

Remember, in the age of the internet, it’s easy for hoaxes and misinformation to spread rapidly. By following these additional rules, you can contribute to a more informed and trustworthy online community.

Hey there! Let’s talk about the cool stuff called privileges in a game. Every character in the game has a privilege, which is like a special power. These privileges help players get resources to use in the game.

When a player wants resources, they can take them from the supply. But sometimes, a privilege will say that the player needs to give resources instead. In that case, the player will use resources from their own play area.

But what happens if a player doesn’t have enough resources to give? Well, they simply ignore the effects of that privilege. Easy peasy! And if more than one player has to give resources, they do it one by one, going around in a circle.

Table Talk and Secret Information

Hey there! Welcome to Hoax, a game all about bluffing and trickery. In this game, we each have a secret identity that we need to keep hidden, along with any information we might have about other players’ identities. The catch is, we can’t write anything down, so it’s all about memory and conversation!

You’re encouraged to engage in table talk and have conversations with the other players. But here’s the twist: you can’t reveal your character card or the specific names of the cards you’ve seen during an investigate action. Gotta keep that secret safe! Oh, and once you’re eliminated from the game, no more discussions for you. Mum’s the word!

Timing and Interrupt Actions

Hoax is all about being social and having a good time. The rules actually encourage player interaction and even some roleplaying to make the game even more fun and hilarious. And sometimes, in order to play the game successfully, you might need to interrupt another player’s turn. It adds an extra layer of excitement and unpredictability to the game!

When playing Hoax, it’s important to keep the interactions smooth. After I perform a claim action, I should pause for a moment. This gives the other players a chance to call hoax. If they do, then they can use immunities to protect themselves.

Playing Multiple Games

Hoax is a fast-paced game that can end quickly. It’s meant to be played as a series of multiple games. To keep track of scores, we can use a pen and paper. This way, we can determine the overall winner of the series.

Now, when we play games with scoring, we need to set a goal. I recommend using four points as the goal for a series. When someone wins a game, they earn points for their score. The points they earn depend on how they won:

  • If you’re the last player standing, you earn three points.
  • If you reveal a truthful claim during a vote and win, you earn one point.

When I win a game, I become the first player for the next game and I get to take the first turn. If my score equals or exceeds the goal, I am the winner of the entire series.

Some Things to Keep in Mind

There is no limit to how many resource and imposter tokens I can use. If I need to use these tokens but there aren’t any available, I can use other markers like coins instead.

Special Protection

Once I have played the game at least once and I am more familiar with it, I should start playing with immunities.

Immunities are special privileges that are written on each reference sheet and they apply to specific characters in the game.

An Example of an Immunity on a Reference Sheet

When you play a game, sometimes there are special powers that can make you lose or exchange your resources. But don’t worry, because you can use something called “immunities” to protect yourself.

Here’s how it works: when you want to use an immunity, you turn your character card 90 degrees. This shows that you are using your immunity. Then, instead of using your character’s special power, you use the immunity power instead. It’s like saying, “No thanks, I don’t want to lose my resources.”


Turning a Character Card

While you are using an immunity, you are the one in charge. That means other players can call you out if they think you are lying. They can do this by saying “hoax,” just like in the normal rules of the game.

If you lie about your character, you can’t cheat your way out of punishment. Instead, you’ll have to accept an imposter token on your reference card. Once all votes are done, the player who was using a special power can continue his turn.

You can’t use a character’s special ability if there’s an imposter token on their name on your reference sheet. And if your character card is already tired, you can’t use any abilities. But don’t worry, at the start of your turn, you can refresh your character card by turning it counterclockwise.

Sometimes, two players might try to cheat by using the same ability at the same time. If that happens, each player will face separate votes in the order they were accused.

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